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40 & UNDER
The Kindness Quotient Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump. By Helen Clark GT Jacinda Ardern PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND JACINDA ARDERN’S SUDDEN, SPECTACULAR RISE to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into h
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SCIENCE & HEALTH
Inside the Mind of Planned Parenthood’s New Leader GT Leana Wen PRESIDENT, PLANNED PARENTHOOD PLANNED PARENTHOOD is the leading provider of reproductive health services in the United States and a rallying cry for conservative critics, who want to
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ACTIVISM & THE ARTS
India and the Global Fight for LGBT Rights In striking down a ban on gay sex, the Supreme Court inspired activists across the world. By Frank Mugisha IN SEPTEMBER 2018, LGBT people in India celebrated after the country’s Supreme Court unanimously s
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Last Tango in Shanghai
IN THE DYING YEARS OF COSMOPOLITAN SHANGHAI, as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army marched along its boulevards and Communist Party bureaucrats demanded the keys to its once thriving businesses, one lonely English-language paper still haunted the n
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The Small War That Wasn’t
THE YEARS BETWEEN the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 9/11 attacks are largely thought of as a footnote to history—one eventually interrupted by Islamist terrorism, economic crisis, and genuine geopolitical competition from China and Russia. The
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A Jury of Peers
IN MAY 2018, the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to amend the country’s constitution to allow the government to legalize abortion. A bill that made it legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy has passed both houses of the Irish parliament and, at pre
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DEFENSE & SECURITY
Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master Gen. Stanley McChrystal explains exactly why Qassem Suleimani is so dangerous. GT Qassem Suleimani COMMANDER OF IRAN’S QUDS FORCE THE DECISION NOT TO ACT is often the hardest one to make—and it isn’t always right. In 2
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Street Smart
“YOU NEED TO SEE MY FRIEND’S GUN,” Mophethe Thebe said in a gas station parking lot in Soweto, the famous swath of townships southwest of Johannesburg. He promised this was a good way to understand the meaning of a South African word coined more than
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Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China
Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China LETA HONG FINCHER, VERSO BOOKS, 240 PP., $26.95, SEPTEMBER 2018 IN BETRAYING BIG BROTHER, Leta Hong Fincher traces the nascent beginnings of the Chinese feminist movement after 1949 and follows
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ECONOMICS & BUSINESS
The Bane of the Brexiteers How Gina Miller threw a wrench into Britain’s plans to leave the EU. GT Gina Miller BUSINESSWOMAN AND ACTIVIST GINA MILLER, A BRITISH BUSINESSWOMAN who co-founded the wealth management firm SCM Direct, is a former Labou
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The New Face of Terrorism in 2019
THE WAY WESTERNERS THINK ABOUT ISLAMIST TERRORISM has grown dangerously outdated. For decades, officials have focused on attacks launched by Middle Easterners. Today, however, the real threat increasingly comes from further east. In the former Soviet
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Press ‘A’ to Study Harder
MY SON IS HUNCHED OVER A TABLE stacked high with books, practice guides, and homework. Dramatic music blares as he studies for the intensely competitive gaokao; if he aces it, he’ll earn a place in one of China’s most prestigious colleges. If he does
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Contributors
Eve Fairbanks is a writer based in South Africa. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and FOREIGN POLICY. She has received grants from the Institute of Current World Affairs, the Daniel Pearl Investigative
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The Departed
Love After an Apocalypse Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens never stopped grappling with loss—or fighting to live. By Jean-Marc Dreyfus GT Marceline Loridan-Ivens 1928-2018 | FILMMAKER AND WRITER MARCELINE LORIDAN-IVENS, née Rozenberg, d
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Editor’s Note
WELCOME TO FOREIGN POLICY’S 10TH ANNUAL SPECIAL EDITION OF GLOBAL THINKERS. A decade ago, in launching the series, FP’s then-editors wrote: “In a year of worldwide economic crisis and dangerous wars, of radical innovation and newfound realpolitik, st
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The Top 10 Of The Last 10 Years
Springtime for Strongmen The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way. By Robert Kagan GT The Strongman THE YEAR 2018 was springtime for strongmen everywhere. It was the year Xi Jinping put an end to collective lead
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ENERGY & CLIMATE
The Coming Climate Crisis The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future. By Amitav Ghosh OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES, as the impact of global warming has intensified, the discussion of climate change has spilled out of the
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Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy
ECONOMIC COMPETITION AMONG NATIONS is more of a beauty contest than a footrace. In reality, every economy performs under its own spotlight. By that reckoning, as the new year dawns, it’s already obvious which economy is likely to be crowned Miss Worl
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Broke in Beirut
LEBANON’S OFFICIAL ENTRY for best foreign language film in this year’s Academy Awards is Capernaum (“Chaos”), a masterpiece set in Beirut’s slums. The film is an exquisitely directed story of a destitute boy and the Ethiopian baby he is left to raise
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The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER, YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 328 PP., $30, SEPTEMBER 2018 IT’S A HOBBESIAN WORLD OUT THERE, and only realists thrive. For John J. Mearsheimer, the argument that Washingto
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Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis JARED DIAMOND, LITTLE, BROWN AND CO., 512 PP., $16.99, MAY 2019 UPHEAVAL IS THE CULMINATION of Jared Diamond’s trilogy of books seeking to explain the rise, fall, and recovery of nations. It began in 1
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Technology
Who Will Win the Race for AI? China and the United States are leading the pack—and the laggards face grave dangers. By Yuval Noah Harari THE RACE TO DEVELOP ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) is gathering momentum, and as the United States and China pul
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Hackers For Hire
What happens when the best cyberweapons are controlled by the private sector?
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Why Growth Can’t Be Green
DEBUNKER CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, UPENDED WARNINGS ABOUT ECOLOGICAL BREAKDOWN have become ubiquitous. Over the past few years, major newspapers, including the Guardian and the New York Times, have carried alarming stories on soil depletion, deforestati
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Contributors
Kate Higgins-Bloom is a U.S. Coast Guard commander. Her staff tours have included a White House fellowship and acting chief of staff for legislative affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She has deployed throughout the Caribbean and Eastern
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Point and Nuke
WHEN DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE as the 34th president of the United States in 1953, the total U.S. nuclear stockpile was approaching 1,000. When Ike left, eight years later, that number had grown to around 20,000—with further increa
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Exiled: From The Killing Fields Of Cambodia To California And Back
Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back KATYA CENGEL, POTOMAC BOOKS, 344 PP., $34.95, SEPTEMBER 2018 THE 1980 REFUGEE ACT ENABLED more than 150,000 Cambodians to escape the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge and find sanct
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Night At The Museum
EVEN BEFORE U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP LANDED in Brussels in mid-July to trash-talk NATO allies, it was clear that the European Union was in crisis. In Germany, a weakened Angela Merkel was forced to either tighten migration policy or lose her coali
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In Cyberwar, There Are No Rules
1 In 1984, a science fiction movie starring an up-and-coming Austrian-American actor took the box office by storm. A cybernetic organism is sent back in time to seek out and kill the mother of a great war hero to prevent his subsequent birth. The cyb
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The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda
PROFILE PORTRAITS OF GLOBAL CHANGEMAKERS AT 96 YEARS OLD, ANDREW MARSHALL, still widely touted as a leading U.S. defense intellectual, has reached an age where people mostly reflect on the past, if they are lucky enough to remember it. Yet the man
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